Amazon has committed to creating 2500 new jobs in the UK amid its latest international hiring frenzy as it battles the global worker shortage.
Andy Jassy, Amazon’s new chief executive, has announced plans to hire some 55,000 new employees across its worldwide operations, with 40,000 of these situated in the US.
Another 9000 jobs will be split across the UK, Germany, India and Japan, with the bulk of these coming to the UK.
The roles are understood to encompass corporate, robotics, research and engineering positions, with a large number of them expected to be for Amazon’s new satellite broadband programme Project Kuiper.
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Amazon has already hired a further 10,000 employees in the UK alone this year, alongside hundreds of thousands more in the US.
“There are so many jobs during the pandemic that have been displaced or have been altered, and there are so many people who are thinking about different and new jobs,” Jassy told Reuters.
He added that the roles were to help the company match ongoing expansion as “Amazon continues to grow quickly, and relentlessly invent across many areas”.
Despite its best intentions, Amazon is battling a global shortage of workers, forcing it to begin offering “golden hello” welcome bonuses of $1500 in the US last month.
The retail, hospitality and logistics industries have been hit hard by pandemic driven staff-shortages, seeing many former employees switch careers and stay in their new roles during lockdowns.
In the UK alone there are currently around 1 million job vacancies, exacerbated by the exodus of European workers due to both the pandemic and Brexit.